Your irrigation system plays a vital role in the growth and development of your plants and lawn. It is an essential piece of equipment in the upkeep and maintenance of your home. Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as turning it off and on! You will need to take steps to maintain your system to ensure you don’t run into frustrating problems that leave you with a broken irrigation system in the middle of summer.
Here are our top tips for irrigation system management between scheduled maintenance cycles.
A lot of plants are very sensitive to how much water they get. Ensure that your sprinkler is not overwatering and that the right amount of water is getting to where it should. Over saturation means that water is getting to your soil faster than the soil can absorb it. Check your landscape for wet, swampy areas, tell-tale puddles, and runoff. It is crucial that your irrigation system is regularly monitored and maintained for the sake of your plants and for the conservation of water.
The seasons need to be considered when monitoring your irrigation system. Lawns and planted beds need more care in the heat of summer. Bear in mind that plants that are mainly in the shade require less water than plants in full sun, no matter the season.
Excessive watering at the wrong time of day can lead to fungal problems and root rot. It is best to water plants in the early morning or late afternoon. If you water at night, you could create fungal problems for your plants because the excess moisture isn’t able to evaporate. If you water your plants in the heat of the day, you can cause burning.
Check sprinklers frequently for signs that they have become clogged or damaged. We recommend that you check the irrigation line from the valve to the spray heads for leaks. Then, check that the sprinkler heads are straight and even with the surface of the soil. Remove and clean clogged sprinkler heads and replace broken spray heads if necessary. Check your landscape for wet spots that might indicate a leak or broken line.
Clear away any grass, plants, leaves, and other obstructions that are blocking the sprinkler’s spray. As plants mature, they might grow over or into the path of your sprinkler so you will need to take appropriate action to ensure the sprinkler can perform properly and is able to distribute the water efficiently.
Check that the sprinkler heads are directed at the plants and areas you want them to water. Adjust them so they do not spray walls, driveways, or sidewalks. Not only is this a waste of water, which is of course an extremely precious resource in the Darwin region, you are also likely to see your water bills increase. Excess water could cause damage to surfaces and flush contaminants, like oil and debris, from roads and driveways into the water system.
It makes sense for the people who are maintaining your lawn and landscape to also monitor your irrigation system. They will know your property better than a stranger and can combine maintenance visits for your convenience.
You have already made a wise investment by installing an irrigation system. Now let us ensure you are getting the most out of that investment and protect your lawn and garden from being the victim of drowning or drought!
Contact Hardy Landscaping to learn more about our different irrigation servicing options.